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Arts & Entertainment

  • Confessions of a brilliant, restless artist

    Confessions of a brilliant,  restless artist

    Giovanni Bonello: Robert Caruana Dingli – Letters, Caricatures and Other Works. Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, 2016, Hardbound, 364 pp. I first came across the name of Robert Caruana Dingli (1882-1940) when, as a 10-year-old schoolboy, I was...

  • A darker tale

    A darker tale

    Held at the decaying, but now repurposed Splendid in Strait Street, Valletta, over a two-day period, Gary Bugeja and Malcolm Gauci’s photographic offerings focused on the often unseen social, mental and economic problems which riddle Maltese...

  • An alternative NYE

    An alternative NYE

    Beating the onslaught of purely DJ-based New Year’s Eve events comes in this year’s alternative offering, aptly dubbed Alt Nye and bringing together four live bands and a solid DJ line-up. Trackage Scheme’s Ben Vincenti tells Johnathan Cilia what...

  • Between the baroque and the contemporary

    Between the baroque and the contemporary

    A series of lectures being organised by the Department of History of Art at the University of Malta are working to place the Maltese artistic context within international accademia. From our churches to our towns to our very homes, the baroque...

  • Practically Perf (ect)

    Practically Perf (ect)

    Anton Manwel Caruana’s 19th century novel, Ineż Farrug, based around the mysterious disappearance of a Maltese girl, is widely considered to be one of the earliest novels written in Maltese. It is also the inspiration behind Ineż Kienet...

  • Reviewing the arts

    Reviewing the arts

    Stimulating, thought-provoking and long-overdue were surely the sentiments of those in attendance during the Reviewing the Arts debate held at Spazju Kreattiv. The public talk formed part of an ongoing initiative by Arts Council Malta and the...

  • An action film with epic drama

    An action film with epic drama

    With Passengers, Hollywood continues to mine great stories set in the far reaches of space. Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), works off a script by Jon Spaihts, sending Jennifer Lawrence’s writer Aurora and Chris Pratt’s mechanical...

  • Stretches credibility

    Stretches credibility

    Monster TrucksDirector: Chris WedgeStars: Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Rob LoweDuration: 104 minsClass: UKRS Releasing Ltd Tripp (Lucas Till) is a high school senior in small-town America who longs for the chance to get away from his unexciting life. A...

  • Electronic Music Malta discussion

    Electronic Music Malta discussion

    Electronic Music Malta, together with Spazju Kreattiv, will be hosting a discussion which will feature the aspect of musical creativity when blended and used in the context of digital games or, better yet, ‘video games’. During the discussion...

  • 89.7 Bay’s Making Malta Great campaign

    89.7 Bay has launched Making Malta Great campaign to coincide with the Malta Presidency of the Council of the European Union next year. The campaign aims to highlight the opportunity Malta has been granted and benefits enjoyed by forming part of...

  • Breakfast with Santa at Playmobil Fun Park, Ħal Far

    Christmas is all about warmth and true loving spirit. It’s a time for people to get together and celebrate the festive season, sharing good vibes and of course lots of good food. Despite the difficult times many people all over the world are...

  • Flying car for MADC panto at MFCC stage

    MADC continue breaking new panto ground as they fly an actual car above the MFCC stage for their pantomime, Un-Believe it!. This is the first time a car has been flown on a Maltese stage. Executive producer Martin Azzopardi, admitted he was a bit...

  • Status Quo's Ricky Parfitt dies from severe infection

    Status Quo's Ricky Parfitt dies from severe infection

    Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died after suffering from a severe infection at the age of 68, his manager has said. The veteran musician was taken into hospital in Marbella, Spain, due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder...

  • Fences gets big screen moment

    Fences gets big screen moment

    Denzel Washington is excited. Not so much because he is an Oscar front-runner for his role in Fences but because bringing the award-winning stage play about blue collar African-Americans to the big screen has been a long-held dream. “It’s brilliant.

  • Shirley Bassey: my voice failed

    Shirley Bassey: my voice failed

    Shirley Bassey has said her famous voice failed her in the months after the death of her daughter. Samantha Novak, 21, was found face down in the River Avon, near the Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol, in 1985 and Bassey said she damaged her...

  • Star Wars' Carrie Fisher in critical condition

    Star Wars' Carrie Fisher in critical condition

    Actress Carrie Fisher suffered a "cardiac episode" during an airline flight from London to Los Angeles and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after landing, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing emergency officials. Fisher, 60, who...

  • Eurovision Song Contest ‘is not my cup of tea – Honey G

    Eurovision Song Contest ‘is not my cup of tea – Honey G

    X Factor hopeful Honey G has ruled herself out of performing in the Eurovision Song Contest before the release of her first single. She described the idea as far from her “cup of tea” as she outlined her plans to focus on developing her career as...

  • Tributes paid to British actress Deddie Davies

    Tributes paid to British actress Deddie Davies

    Actress Ruth Jones has paid tribute to the actress Deddie Davies, who has died at the age of 78. Davies played the role of Marj in the comedy series Stella alongside Jones. In a statement, she said: “Deddie had been ill for a long time and I saw...

  • Un-Believe it!

    Un-Believe it!

    An actual car will be seen flying above the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre stage during MADC’s pantomime Un-Believe it! this year. Un-Believe it! is based on childhood classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so the team needed a battered, old version...

  • Gabriel Buttigieg's nudes

    Gabriel Buttigieg's nudes

    Artist Gabriel Buttiġieġ is showing a selection of works at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, till December 21. The exhibition, titled Nudes, brings together a collection that – as the name suggests – focuses on the human figure. Writing about the...

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